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In his youth, Brigstocke struggled with alcohol and drug addiction.
Aged 19, Brigstocke worked on a North Sea oil rig, and later as a podium dancer; he used his earnings to travel, and the experiences as inspiration for a stand-up routine.
Live comedy career
Many of the central themes of Brigstocke's work were first addressed during his time as a student at the University of Bristol. While at Bristol he often performed in the comedy trio Club Seals, which later made the transition to television in the series of short programmes We Are History (2000-2001).
Brigstocke's first stand-up comedy DVD, Planet Corduroy, was released in November 2007.
In April 2008, Brigstocke and fellow comedian and snowboarder Andrew Maxwell founded a comedy and music festival in the ski resort of Meribel, in the French Alps.
In 2009, Brigstocke starred in the British tour of the American live improvisation show Totally Looped. His second stand-up show God Collar toured in 2009.
In June 2010, he announced that he had signed a publishing deal with Transworld to turn the God Collar Tour into a book, which was released in 2011 to mixed reviews.
In September 2017, BBC Radio 4 broadcast his first serious drama, The Red, drawing on his own experience of recovery. It won the Best Single Drama award in the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2018.
In December 2017, BBC Radio 4 broadcast his new 4-part sitcom The Wilsons Save The World, where Brigstocke plays a father leading a family trying to live ethically. A second 4-part series followed in 2019.
In September 2008, Brigstocke was team captain for the first series of a comedy panel show, Argumental (2008-2012), for British television channel Dave. He served as the Captain of the Red Team, competing against Rufus Hound with a variety of guest participants, under the chairmanship of John Sergeant.
In 2010, Brigstocke made his musical theatre debut as King Arthur in the British tour of Spamalot for a limited engagement. He then starred in The Railway Children as Albert Perks at the Waterloo Station Theatre in 2011. He appeared in the role of Ali Hakim at two semi-staged concert performances of Oklahoma! at the Proms with the John Wilson Orchestra on 11 August 2017.
In late 2017, Brigstocke played the title role in a revival of Barnum at the Menier Chocolate Factory. For this, he acquired specialist circus skills including magic and walking a tightrope. He chronicled his motivation and progress in an article for The Guardian.
In 2001, Brigstocke married film-maker Sophie Mary Louise Anstice Prideaux. They have a son and a daughter. They divorced following his affair with Hayley Tamaddon, with whom he co-starred in the musical Spamalot in 2010.
As of April 2018 he was in a relationship with fellow comedian Rachel Parris; they were engaged on 25 December 2018, and married on 16 September 2019.
^ abcOglethorpe, Tim (21 April 2001). "Interview: Marcus Brigstocke - Savage past of Marcus; Marcus Brigstocke of The Savages on his misspent youth and how he got back on the straight and narrow". The Express (London, England). MGN Ltd. (archive)